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1 The Microsoft Technology Centre Process - Accelerating and De-Risking Technology Adoption Dave Brown, Microsoft Technology Centre Architect

2 Microsoft Technology Centre Video

3 Introduction to the Microsoft Technology Centre “Microsoft Technology Centres provide an ideal environment to envision, architect, and demonstrate customised solutions.” Locations United States – Austin, Boston, Chicago, Reston, Silicon Valley Worldwide – Bangalore, Beijing, Copenhagen, Dubai, Munich, Paris, Taipei, Thames Valley (UK) Methodology Developed over time to a re-usable process for de-risking technology adoption

4 Repeatable Process Offerings Strategy Briefing 1 day Targeted demonstrations Architecture Design Session 2-3 days In-depth envisioning, design and planning Proof of Concept 2-3 weeks Development and demonstration Productivity Last financial year, The Microsoft Technology Centre Thames Valley completed 164 Strategy Briefings, 50 Architecture Design Sessions, and 45 Proof of Concepts

5 Team Structure Management Opportunity qualification Engagement process Partner & industry relationships Architects Broad knowledge of products and technologies Architectural & strategic business skills Customer-facing role Technology Experts (Virtual Team) Lab Engineers Client and server builds Networking Briefing Coordinator Logistics

6 The Facilities Architecture Design Session Room Meeting configuration Whiteboards Proof of Concept Room Lab configuration Whiteboards Server Room Dedicated network, servers & storage Demonstration Room AV with home automation in multiple “zones”

7 Strategy Briefing Overview “ A clear, actionable picture of how software can realise specific customer business goals." Audience Business-focus, CEO/CIO-level, influencers Process Customer-led business strategy presentation Microsoft Technology Centre-led, targeted solution scenario presentations, e.g. Information worker, Integration, etc Scenario & technology drill-downs

8 Architecture Design Session Overview “Architectural and strategic guidance, risk-analysis, and best- practice approach of how software can realise specific customer business goals.” Flavours Envisioning Architectural Design Proof of Concept Planning Process Preparation (Architecture Design Session Team & Customer) Delivery Follow-up (& documentation)

9 Architecture Design Session Preparation Architecture Design Session Team Qualification Preparation, planning, customer conference call, expectations Technical resources identification Facilities booked, agenda circulated and agreed, invites sent Customer Company & organisational presentation Project presentation Requirements presentation Technology topology presentation Scenarios presentation

10 Architecture Design Session Agenda Discovery Introductions Expectations Approach Customer background Business context Business benefits Drivers Issues Business scenarios Non-functional requirements Technology Landscape Envisioning Review Architecture and Design Components Interfaces Communication Non-functional requirements Scenario testing Planning Review Scope Proof Points Metrics Deliverables Assumptions, Risks, Constraints Resources Roles, responsibilities Dates Communication Escalation plan

11 Architecture Design Session Team Architecture Design Session Lead Technical Specialists Domain-specific specialists Customer Senior management sponsor Business representative Development representative Infrastructure representative User representative Project manager

12 Architecture Design Session Responsibilities Architecture Design Session Team Facilitation Question assumptions, drill into issues Ensure agenda followed, bring discussions back up Ensure objectives/ expectations met Get agreement Provide technical/ industry expertise Ensure everything is documented Customer Business buy-in Provide business and technical background Decision makers

13 Architectural Design Session Deliverables “Vision & Scope” document Problem Statement Business Goals Scenarios Proof-Points Deliverables, Exclusions Architecture, Design Risks, Pre-requisites

14 Proof of Concept

15 Proof of Concept Overview “Transfer knowledge, develop and demonstrate custom solutions defined in an Architectural Design Session.” Drivers Provide (technology) vision, de-risk technology adoption Demonstrate use of product features, system integration, business processes, non-functional requirements in a custom solution Developer productivity

16 Proof of Concept Timeline Week 1 Agree vision with team Mon Solution concept complete Tues Initial plan Tues/Weds Begin development Weds/ Thurs Week 2 Mid-point review Weds Feature-set freeze Thurs/ Fri Bug fixing/ stabilisation Week 3 Code complete Mon Finalise POC package Tues Demo walk-through Weds/ Thurs Demonstration Thurs/ Fri POC complete Fri

17 Proof of Concept Timeline ThursFriWedsTuesMon Agree vision Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Solution concept complete Initial plan complete Development begins Mid-point reviewFeature-set freeze Bug-fix, stabilise Code complete Finalise POC package Demo walkthroughDemonstration POC complete

18 Proof of Concept Team Proof of Concept Lead Developer Lead Developer(s) User Experience Lab Engineers Customer Business Sponsor (kick-off, mid-point review, final demonstration) Developers Experienced Inexperienced

19 Proof of Concept Responsibilities Proof of Concept Team Build & maintain lab environment Work item definition and assignment Daily reviews Communication to customer Ensure Vision & Scope met Architectural, technical, and developer expertise Code reviews Ensure everything is documented Customer Business buy-in for kick-off, mid-point review, and final demonstration On-site developers Decision support available Agile methodology SCRUM-'like'

20 Proof of Concept Constraints Exclusions Best-practice development in all areas Exception handling Development framework and methodologies Auditing, logging, monitoring Administration, management Installation and deployment Versioning Performance and scalability

21 Proof of Concept Deliverables Final Demonstration Screen capture Film crew recording Proof of Concept Review Document Key findings Work completed Template available for download Source code Source control archive

22 Proof of Concept Demonstration Attendees Business sponsors, CEO/CIO etc, Account Team Format Introduction, scene setting Scenario playback Customer-driven, primarily non-technical Q&A, summary Benefits Real business solution in simulated customer environment Business buy-in, solution-focussed audience Demonstrator/video disseminated to wider audience

23 Server Room

24 Envisioning Centre

25 Key success factors Dedicated environment for meeting/developer productivity Whiteboards Server room, network, internet connectivity, automated builds, sand- boxed environment Demonstration Resource identification Business sponsors Decision makers Technical experts Business focus Business goals realised through software

26 Common Pitfalls Preparation Opportunities not correctly qualified Expectations incorrectly set Architecture Design Session Too many attendees – optimum around 6 Lack of business input No decision makers (lack of business buy-in) Treat as a ‘consulting’ exercise Proof of Concept Scope and proof points not clearly defined Non-developer lab attendees

27 Case Study Example – Major Oil Company Background Disparate systems with large numbers of interfaces, often complex & difficult to maintain Large numbers of Excel spreadsheets leading to de-centralised data and intellectual capital, hard to make decisions based on big-picture Solution Integration of sample back-end system following a strategic architecture based on SOA Aggregation and visualisation of sample data sets in personalised dashboard New possibilities for data consumption using PDA smart client Impact Technology-enabled strategy on service-oriented business intelligence Rapid adoption, global alignment via follow-on engagements

28 Case Study Example – Global Paper Producer Background Silos of information (lack of re-use), duplication Low-bandwidth environment Solution Replaced replication-based solution with collaborative intranet Architecture for global intranet, collaboration with automated publishing, local and global search proven over simulated low-bandwidth network Impact Information re-use and global collaboration Rapid adoption (first go-live POC + 10months)

29 Further Information Microsoft Technology Centres,, Lynx Technology Customer Innovation Centre, To discuss engaging with the MTC, contact your Microsoft Account Manager

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